Monday, September 1, 2014

Best Probiotics Supplement Review

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 Recently I got the chance to review the Optimal Healthcare Labs Probiotic product. I have seen a lot in the recent news and health papers about the benefits of daily taking a probiotic. 

If you look around you'll find this word in a lot of places. Yogurts are adding it to their product. There are pure probiotics you can buy in chewable form, pill form etc. 

Why should you consider one? Well basically this is how it works. Your gut , which is the center of your immune system, has bacteria in it at all times. When those bacteria get out of balance, it can cause all kinds of issues. IBS, diarrhea, inflammation in your intestines and the list goes on. What does the Probiotic do? Well this little assistant helps to get your gut balanced and back to it's best and optimal condition. It helps to regulate your body and keep you healthy. 

I received this product and started taking it immediately. I take two pills once a day as recommended. The pills are easy to swallow and not too large. I just take it in the morning with the rest of my supplements and go on about my day. I could tell after a day or so that I was feeling less bloated and more "in balance" you could say. 

These supplements contain a large amount of the CFU's of the healthy probiotic you should be taking. This formula is all natural and has no side effects. It is also said that it can help those who deal with acne. I don't generally have a problem with this so I couldn't share that benefit with you . 

These are safe for women, men and children to take and help to keep you balanced. It's a great way to help boost your immune system as well with school returning and the cold and flu season right around the corner. 

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I highly recommend you give this a try. It is easy to take and can be purchased on Amazon. Do you take a probiotic now? Have you noticed any benefits or changes?


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Slower Week...

We had a slower week this week than last week. It was very much needed and I'm feeling better about being balanced with our progress. I'm working on our plan of action for school this year as there are several more field trips, new outings and adventures coming our way. So here's a look at how our week went. 

I shared 6 Essentials to make our homeschool work. Without these items, I don't know how we could do it. One of those main ones being our faith. Anybody else have those days you hide in the bathroom to cry and pray a little while? 


We had lunch with a great lady from our church this week too. We are planning our Trunk or Treat outreach this year and she's done it longer than I can count. She had great wisdom and ideas to share. I love how God places those people in your life that can feed into it and help you grow...



I also took Boo Bear to vote with me. It was the preliminaries and I am trying to teach him why we vote. I was always taught, if you don't vote, you can't fuss about who is in office. :) That's what I'm trying to pass to him. We talked about praying for our leaders, no matter who is in office and how they get where they are. We checked out books from the library on voting in leaders and of course, he found one on real spies. 

We learned about ordinal numbers and Roman numerals this week in math. My hubby asked about it saying the only time he uses them is to figure out what Superbowl we are in. (hahah) It is neat refreshing myself on those and hopefully I can retain it? 


Our curriculums are still working beautifully. I am so glad we found something that works for us. I am very proud of his reading he's doing and how much he's improving. We are working on the Franny K. Stein series for his quiet reading right now. 

Oh and one thing I look forward to all year is starting this week .:) Football! Wahoo! Sorry, I'm a Bama girl and I look forward to this time of year. Pumpkin spice everything, cooler days and Alabama football games. 
We are ready to cheer on our team! Do you enjoy football?





I'm linking up this week with Homegrown Learners, Our4Kiddos and :


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Trying to Lose...

I think I'm going to take the inspiration I'm getting from Kris over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and start making Wednesday's a weight loss post. I have always struggled with a weight problem. Up, down , up, down. I am, alas, an emotional eater. I always have been.

The past few years I have learned some interesting things about nutrition, eating, and my body in general. This led to some weight being dropped but that changed when I got derailed. I have then spent time trying to research, pray and ask God for guidance on how to get my motivation back.

I have a confession. I have an obsessive (something) about food. I am a Type 2 diabetic so honestly, food makes me guilty, feel bad, worried, stressed etc. I constantly have felt the guilt time and again over eating something or not eating something. I have felt free from that in the past month. I'm relearning ways to eat my favorites without the harmful effects.

This past month I have felt better, gotten that motivation back and have lost a few pounds so far. Here are some of the things I have done:


  • Cut out wheat as much as possible.
  • More veggies and less carbs
  • Tried smoothies and protein shakes
  • Stopped feeling guilt over food
  • Tried new recipes and liked them!!!

This is my goal. Each week I will try and share a new recipe I tried that is Paleo, Diabetic, weight loss friendly. I'll share my ups and downs. I will share my losses and even gains. That's what it's all about right? 

While I know I won't be the same if I reach the weight in the picture, (kids sure do change your body shape) this is the healthy range I'm striving for. This was me at my smallest. 

And my inspiration/motivation? It's here...

If you'd like to join me on this journey then feel free to post a blog and let me know how you're doing. If you just want to comment here to connect, we can do that too! I want to be an encouragement and soak up that encouragement everywhere I can. Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

6 Essentials For Our Homeschool

It's back to school season and I thought it was a good time to share a few things that are essential to our homeschool. Right now a lot of Mama's may be making the decision to homeschool or you have already made it and aren't sure what you got yourself into. This is for you. :-)

Prayer, Bible, My Faith


That's really more than one item but it is all in the same. I couldn't get through this without my God by my side. I have to have my devotionals each day to give me strength, patience, love and kindness to deal with the tough days. On those days when I go hide myself in the bathroom and cry because it's been ,"one of those days", I can go pray and feel so much better. We do devotionals together and talk about how God wants us to act and how we can do better, ( yes, we). Let's face it, sometimes us Mama's need an attitude adjustment too.

Field Trips

These are a must! It's hard sometimes to figure out how to balance it all, so start small. Take a field trip to a local park site. Take a field trip once a week or a month, whichever fits your schedule. But take field trips. Learning happens outside of a text book. Visit a science museum. Take a trip to the nearest hiking trail for a nature trip. Visit the library. The choices are endless.

Our Library and Good Books

Finding what your child loves to read is the key to opening up their love of reading. Boy have we struggled with this. Or should we say I have struggled. I  have tried giving him all sorts of books I thought he would like. When I let him find what he liked, boy did it change everything! :) The library is a must have essential for all homeschoolers. You can find curriculum there, supplements to what you're studying and so much more. And if you're lucky, you get amazing librarians that work wonders with your children.

Our Homeschool Group

I can't tell you how many times we are having a rough day, visit with our group and all roughness is gone. :) It's a blessing to have homeschool mama's that totally understand what is going on with you and your family because they've been there, done that and got the t-shirt. I can't stress enough the importance of your homeschool group community. If you don't have one, find one that fits your family. Those days can make the rest of your homeschool year so much easier.

Your own setup

What works for some doesn't work for you. What works for your family, may not work for others. That's great! Homeschool is full of freedom and flexibility to help your child get the best education they can. Find out a setup that works for you whether it's school on the road, school at the kitchen table or one of those amazing school rooms you see. Your school is whatever you make it. Be encouraged that many homeschoolers go through their entire school career right at their kitchen table or even in their backyard swing.

Break Times

It's okay to take a break. It's okay if your lesson plans don't go by the book every day. Sickness will happen. Emergencies do happen. Plain old, I don't feel like doing this today, will happen. It's okay. Give yourself grace and mercy just as you do your child. School will get done. Maybe it doesn't get done till the afternoon instead of first thing in the morning. It's ok!!!

What essentials do you need to make your homeschool run smoothly? What helps you get through the day? Share your thoughts and encouragement!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Garcinia Cambogia Review

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 If you're like me you have heard a lot of talk about this particular supplement in the weight loss circles. This Garcinia Cambogia formula is the highest potency you can buy on Amazon right now. And today it's on sale!! You can purchase this product on Amazon right now for a little over $25.00.

We tried it out here to see how it works. We haven't been on it long but here are the results. I have lost a couple pounds in the past few weeks. I have also adapted my lifetyle to eating Paleo again. Can I say that this pill helped? I'm not sure but I haven't seen any side effects of it. 

I can share with you that the pills are a little scary to look at first but they go down really easy. You take two pills twice a day. Take them about 20 minutes or so before eating with a full glass of water. The pills are to help with metabolism support, weight loss and suppressing your appetite.

I am always an advocate for doing your research. Search out the possible side effects and interactions with medications it could have. I always say talk to your doctor first before taking supplements. :) Better safe than sorry!

 As far as our review, we will keep on trying it and see how it goes. Many people have had great success with adding this natural supplement to their regimen. It is not a miracle pill and you still have to live a healthy lifestyle.

Check out the information and see how it might work for you. Click here to see more information. 



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Big Easy Brands Infuser Water Bottle Review

**I received this water bottle for free in return for my honest opinion in this review. All opinions are mine. **



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Big Easy Brands
I have wanted to try infused water bottles for quite sometime, so I was super excited to get this opportunity. I have always disliked drinking plain water. My parents couldn't even get me to drink it when I was a baby. I only like plain water in certain, extremely hot outside, occassions. :-)

This water bottle is by Big Easy Brands and offers me a way to naturally flavor my water. While I do drink lots of water with things like True Lemon or Crystal Light, I love the fact that this is nothing but water and fruit. It's simple and healthy and refreshing.

The bottles run for $10.97 on Amazon Prime right now. It's a nice sturdy bottle and is easy to fill and go.

I put frozen strawberries in mine and I also tried frozen peaches. The strawberries were by far my favorite one. I used a little bit of Stevia to give it a hint of sweetness and then guzzled it down!


The strawberries were frozen when I put them in and I just filled it with water and let it sit overnight. You don't have to do that but it gives it a stronger flavor the longer it sits.

It is easy to put your fruit in and forget it. This is what the lid and infuser look like.

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My son and I both enjoyed using this and are exploring more flavor infused waters. If you are interested in this fabulous bottle, check it out and buy it from Amazon here. The company was amazing to work with and were very helpful throughout the entire review process. Any question I had was responded to in a timely manner and made it easy to work with the products. They are easy to take with you and fit great in your cup holder in the car. That's a huge plus for me as we do lots of traveling with our homeschooling. It's easy for me to fill it up and grab it as we run out the door on a field trip.

I enjoyed working with this bottle and use it almost every day. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Week In Review: Let The Field Trips Begin!!

This week has seen two field trips in one week! Two! But you know I wouldn't change it for anything. We live for this kind of stuff. (Now we just have to get book work caught up).We started school a few weeks ago just for this very thing. Since we have gotten a jump on things, I don't mind the field trips and things that are now gearing up.

Monday we had a Not Back To School get together. This is always fun and was more spontaneous for us than anything. I just got up and said yep, let's go. :)

Love that our kids spent the day here...

We had an exciting field trip to our science and industry museum a couple hours south of us. We had the honor of having Nana and Great Grandma with us too! I love these days because it helps the grandparents get involved with schooling too. My parents always end up with us somewhere doing something as well. It helps me feel like they are a part and I know it does them too :)

This shot just blew my mind away. I knew we had one from a couple years ago but this one just really puts it in perspective of how much he has grown. Remember, in the first picture she is squatted ;).

We had a blast learning about 3D printers. Did you guys know how amazing those things are?!? They can do pretty much anything you want it to and then some. Some of the creations they had were just out of this world!

We also had fun with Boo Bear trying to get through the body tube challenges they had. He had to basically belly crawl through them and figure out how to maneuver to get through them.

We did get some work done this week :). We are moving right along with all our subjects. We really are enjoying the ease of use and shorter lessons on our grammar/writing/spelling curriculums. We also got a new desk set up that I'm super excited about! Here's a sneak peek at it and you can check out the post by clicking here.

I discovered a new book series that my DS loves. He read the first book in two days. Granted there are lots of pictures but it is a chapter book that drew him in. Whatever it takes to help him develop that love of reading ;). I just love the fact he is reading. Then he tried another book out that we picked up and enjoys it too. Here he is reading to our sweet pup about a dog detective...

We also are moving along in our math and science. He is loving the animal science and I'm loving the lapbook instead of the notebook for right now. He is learning a lot and having a fun time doing it.

We also started Cub Scouts back this week. We are about to add Science classes once a week in a few weeks. Whew! With all these new things starting up, it's going to be an exciting, fun and crazy year I think! What about you ? What were you guys up to this week? Don't forget to check out other posts or link yours up below!


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